This month we meet the family behind Silloway Maple. Bette, Paul, Abby, David, and Jessica Lambert run Silloway Maple in Randolph Center, and they can be found at the Capital City Farmers Market year round. They offer a wide range of maple products from their excellent syrup to maple candy, maple coated almonds, and more. They have been at the market for one and a half years, but the business goes back to the 40’s.
Bette’s dad began tapping trees for Silloway Maple in 1942. Bette and family took over the business, and they have seen many changes in that time. Silloway Maple has changed from collecting sap in buckets to using tubing. They now use reverse osmosis to process their sap before boiling as well. They are wood-fired and solar-powered, and now have 6,200 taps on their property. They are always looking to add more, even joking about tapping the maples along the I-89 meridian!
One of the biggest changes to the business is their focus on marketing. Developing an online presence through their website and Facebook now means that marketing and selling takes as much or more time than making the syrup. They love being a part of the market and being able to sell directly to locals and visitors looking for great Vermont syrup. It gives them a chance to talk about their product and answer questions in person. One of the most interesting questions they have been asked is if they sell sugar-free maple syrup? They are always trying new things but they haven’t worked that one out yet!
Find Silloway Maple every week at the market. Reach them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find them on Facebook, and learn more about their business or order directly at sillowaymaple.com.